Clean, quiet, comfy budget hotel close pubs, shops and the tube
17/11/2015 ianmcintosh, Adelaide, Australia
I was looking for a good value hotel for a few nights around my old stamping ground of Kensington on Booking.com when a special deal flashed up for the Best Western Burns Hotel, Barkston Gardens, Kens... more
I was looking for a good value hotel for a few nights around my old stamping ground of Kensington on Booking.com when a special deal flashed up for the Best Western Burns Hotel, Barkston Gardens, Kensington SW5 – “a three minute walk from the Earls Court tube.”
I lived in London during my newspaper days at 96 Cornwall Gardens Kensington – a walk away from the Gloucester Road tube. Earls Court was only one stop away but we tended to sneer at the idea of visiting the adopted home of our beer swilling, thong throwing colleagues who seemed to be able to get a scruffy flat for next to nothing. I hasten to add that was 30 years ago.
Now here I was booking a hotel in the same area. It is only for a few nights I convinced myself – it can’t be that bad. It was the cabbie who put me right. You would be lucky to get a decent apartment around here for a million quid these days mate, he announced, as we turned into a lovely little Victorian Square. The hotel is halfway down Barkston Gardens, nestling among other hotels and faces an imposing row of beautiful houses on the other side of a very leafy green.
I was lucky enough to enjoy this view from room 221. I used the one slow lift just once – prefering to use the fire escape stairs to move about. The room was very, very, small yet just adequate for one person who really only wanted somewhere to sleep before heading out on business or whatever. The shower was excellent – plenty of hot water – the towel thick and soap plus shampoo was supplied. Other goodies included a tea/coffee bar, in-room menu, hair dryer, safe, a good sized desk, a bar/restaurant and 24 hour service. The breakfast was ok, staff very pleasant, WIFI reasonably fast and free and as I said I had a lovely view. Lighting was average and the floor creaked dreadfully from one end to the other. There is no air conditioning.
TO CONCLUDE: Very pleasant, cozy, clean budget property in a delightful location.
Ian McIntosh is Australia’s senior traveller less